Matt Moore continues to pitch inconsistently as the Arizona Diamondbacks crushed the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Tuesday night.
It sounds as if the the San Francisco Giants are going to pick up Moore’s option for $9 million next year. He didn’t make that decision any easier on Tuesday night as he lasted only 1.1 innings and gave up 8 runs (7 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks with no strikeouts.
Moore might be the most frustrating pitcher on the Giants staff because of his inconsistency. You never know if he’s going to pitch a gem like he did against the Rockies in his last outing when he pitched six scoreless innings, or when he’s going to blow up like he did Tuesday.
There doesn’t seem to be much in between for Moore. He tends to either pitch really well, or he gets blown up. I think fans would love to see him be more consistent and avoid some of those blow-ups.
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Fourteen times this year he’s given up four or more runs in a game. That stat is unbelievable to me. Nine times he’s given up five or more runs in a start. Eight times he’s failed to make it into the fifth inning. He’s actually done a fairly decent job of eating up innings even when he’s getting blown up.
I just don’t understand how a pitcher with his stuff can be so good one game, and then fall apart the next.
He had a quality start in four straight starts in May, and then three straight in July. Outside of those appearances, he hasn’t put together back-to-back quality starts all year.
The most frustrating part is you know the talent is there, which is why I think the Giants bring him back. I sometimes forget that he’s only 28 years old — it feels like he’s been in the league forever.
Moore now is over two years removed from Tommy John surgery. It’s time he start putting it all together and be a more consistent pitcher. Hopefully we see that Matt Moore in 2018 for the San Francisco Giants.